Bob Jones died, peacefully in his sleep, on March 10, 2016, of acute myeloid leukemia, at home with his family. After learning of his diagnosis and prognosis in January, he and his family invited friends to join him in a celebration of his life and friendships on February 27, a joyful and memorable event.
He is survived by Sylvia, his wife of 59 years; daughter Laura, Brooklyn, NY; son Wes and daughter-in-law Emma Swain, Napa; brother Herb and sister-in-law Peggy of Silver Spring, MD; nieces, nephew and their families, and his Eastern Shore Maryland cousins.
Born in Washington, DC, on July 14, 1928, Bob graduated from the University of Maryland. His love of politics began around his family dining table where he learned the arts of discussion, civility, and compromise, all with great humor. He spent two years in the US Air Force in Montgomery, AL, where he participated in civil rights activities with the local Unitarian fellowship. For Bob, the highlights of his professional career included working at the National Association of Counties where he met elected officials from all over the United States, joining the staff of Sen. Joe Tydings, working on the Edmund Muskie and Robert Kennedy campaigns, and consulting with Democratic senators and congressmen on the emerging applications of computer technology and data management for election campaigns. He consulted on campaigns around the country and abroad. In their homes in Maryland, he and Sylvia were very active in their community, politics, and religion for over 47 years.
Moving to Napa in 2004, Bob immediately began volunteer work. He was proudest of his role in Napa Valley Unitarian Universalists’ searching for their own home, their successful capital campaign to purchase it, participating in the early years of CanDo, and introducing Napa public schools to ST Math and Gigi. He also enjoyed volunteering with the Land Trust, Napa Humane, Auction Napa Valley, Planned Parenthood, and the Napa Library Literacy Program.
Bob’s Celebration of Life and Friendship was held, by his wishes, in lieu of a Napa memorial service. A memorial service is planned at the Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church, Bethesda, MD, later this year. Bob requested those wishing to make a memorial gift to consider his last project: The Building Fund, Napa Valley Unitarian Universalists, 1625 Salvador Road, Napa, CA, 94558.
The Jones Family thanks Dr. David Dugan and his wonderful Oncology Staff for their loving care and Bob’s many friends for their help, love, and friendship.
The on-line guestbook may be signed at www.tulocaycemetery.org